Bon Bonbons

What, you ask, is a mini macaron? It's a bite-sized version of its larger cousin, a delicate but explosive cream-filled, pastel-colored meringue cookie as cheery as an Easter egg and sweet as a stolen kiss. It's an indulgence, a passion, then an obsession. In other words, it's the ultimate French confection. Paris is divided into two camps: those who hold that the best mini macarons come from Ladurée, and those that swear by Pierre Hermé. This is a somewhat academic debate, since Hermé worked at Ladurée before opening his own shops in Paris and Tokyo.

So which is...

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